I received this adorable free bag with a purchase, and at first did not have a clue what to do with it. It is a synthetic leather, so I had some concerns. I looked up the instructions for the KNK heat transfer vinyl and found that ThermoFlex Extra works with heat sensitive materials.
Free Pink Bag
I needed a bag to carry my dog supplies when we traveled to a meeting or a show. This is a nice roomy bag and would work well for carrying blankets as well as their water and food bowls.
I used a combination of old designs to create a personalized bag.
Decorated pink bag
I had so much fun with it, I found another bag on clearance and decorated it to carry their brushes, paperwork and treats.
This bag has soft leather trim. I put a textbook inside it to iron the sections between the trim, then ironed the lettering onto the trim.
In my last post I said that I would tell you how I made this Minnie’s Box using the Card Stock from knkusa.com. Since the first time that I used the Worldwin CutMates cardstock, I fell in love. This cardstock cut really nice and smooth with clean edges in just one pass. Attached are the Free Files so you can use the Awesome CutMates cardstock from knkusa.com and give it a try.
I traced Minnie’s head from a keychain picture (The same used for the decoration)
Cut all the pieces using the respective colors to form her head and face (you can make her face just for the front of your box)
Glue it together
Form the box that is in the attached file and glue Minnie’s head to the front (and back, if using two Minnie heads) of your box.
To make the box that you see in the picture, take the Box Base that is included in the Free File and glue it to the Minnie head for both the front and the back. After that, take the “Base Stand” and glue together the two ends and then glue it in the middle. Next, make two triangles on each side and glue them together. After that, glue the Box on top of the stand so the box stays up. Finally, glue the handle and make a bow with the tissue paper to decorate Minnie’s head.
Today I bring you bags…big strong bags! There are 2 different bag styles to chose from, a Tote bag and a Gift bag.
One of the most exciting things for me about getting a Zing was knowing that I would be able to make bigger and stronger bags & boxes. My Zing cuts through the thickest card stock I own, 340 gsm (approx 120lb), using the standard blade in just 1 pass! My Zing also has a massive 14″ by 24″ cutting mat which accommodates even the largest sizes of card stock in my collection. These two things mean that I can make bags and boxes of a really decent, usable size which are also very strong.
I cut my bags in one piece from A3 (ledger) sized card, the finished tote bag measures 7 inches tall and the gift bag is 7.5 inches tall (without handles). I used an offset of .30 and a force of 70 for my paper and 120 for my card.
Pic 1: It is much easier to attach my patterned paper pieces to the bag before assembly.
Pic 2: I use wet glue when I assemble bags and boxes for the strongest hold and as it takes a minute or two to dry I use bulldog clips or paper clips to hold the tabs in place.
Pic 3: Once the tabs have dried I can glue the sides into place to complete my bag.
Pic 4: I added a simple tag in matching papers to finish my bag.
Pic 1: As with the Tote Bag, I attached my patterned paper pieces to the Gift Bag before assembly, it’s much easier trust me 🙂
Pic 2: The Gift Bag has a reinforced top to turn down, rather like a hem. I glue this into place and hold with my handy clips.
Pic 3: I add glue to the side tab then fold the bag over and clip into place until dry. Once the side tab is dry we glue the base, it can help to reach inside the bag at this point and coax the tabs down with a bone folder or ruler until the glue dries.
Pic 4: The handles can be added in 2 ways, the first is to thread some ribbon or string through the holes then tie a knot on the inside as I have done in the picture below with my white twill ribbon.
Pic 6: The second way to add handles is to apply some red liner style tape to some ribbon then attach it along the sides of the bag, the ribbon can also reach across the under side of the bag for extra support. Pierce the ribbon at each hole and insert a brad, this method gives you an extra sturdy Gift Bag.
Pic 7: Again I added a tag in matching papers to write my message to the recipient.
I hope you have enjoyed today’s post, If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing and access my free cut files you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com